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Passwords to the secrets of my heart

Creating a platform to post online videos and letters to loved ones you want them to watch/read after you die - with passwords not lawyers

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Busy people who don't have time for a will. But have time to upload video from home People who have secrets they don't want to share until they die. Again don't have trusted executor. People who want to express feelings to loved ones in event they suddenly pass People who want to share their passwords for various things like email, bank accounts etc.

I am a busy mum and I don't have time to do a will although its critical! (Look at Prince!) The problem is we all think we are not going to die tomorrow. Reality is that sometimes death is sudden. If you have children or other loved ones - how will we ever get to express what they meant to us? (or to tell them where your secret stash is?), split our wealth? Tell secrets we want to share post life.... It would be great to access this online as a temporary measure in case we die suddenly...! It would require some kind of online platform like facebook, but only triggers when say... your are memorialised. I am not sure how it would work yet.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I would probably at this stage see if people would be interested. If they ARE interested... perhaps work with current social platforms to see if they can add it as a feature.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

To conduct the research on the feasibility and demand of the idea...

Tell us about your work experience:

I work in the healthcare industry. I have a daughter and often wander if I die, how will I get to share my adult thoughts with her which she may not be ready for when she is young.

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Kay ess, This is a really fascinating idea. As a Palliative Care Nurse, I am often encouraging others, especially my loved ones, to make their wishes known while still in healthy and lucid states of mind. I think it's really important that we all make it a priority to do so, even if the task seems arduous. 

That being said, I really love your idea of creating a platform to post online videos and letters to loved ones that may be accessible after that person dies. My mother recently shared with me that she has a box of letters of life lessons and shared personal experiences that she's written down and wishes for me to open only after her death. I became very emotional when she shared this with me, but I imagine that this box of letters she's preparing for me will give me much comfort and meaning after her death, and also provide me with a way to remain connected to her. To have something physical/tangible (and written in her own words) after she dies seems like a really beautiful gift and way to carry on her legacy. 

Thank you so much for sharing your ideas to this end of life challenge! I look forward to seeing how your ideas manifest. All the best to you :) 

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Thank you Morgan I appreciate your feedback and encouragement. I love what your mother did for you. That must bring you so much comfort. I suppose my idea really came after I had my daughter who is only just turned 8, and as a single parent I am so busy I just don't even have time to do a will! I have opened up a private gmail account for her in her name and write to her often, (whilst alive) but always think to myself... WHAT if I die before I can pass on this password to her without sharing it with someone else who may exploit the situation?  Thanks again for your encouragement.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful response, kay ess ! I am very grateful for what my Mom has been collectively doing for me over the past many years - without my knowing until very recently! How beautiful. I also think it's very beautiful that you've been writing to your daughter often. It's so important to stay connected in this intimate way.  

Thank you for offering such great perspective. I imagine many people - especially single mother's share a very similar experience as you. Perhaps keeping the password in a safe and secure place, and writing her a letter that would be easy for her to access could help. 

Best wishes to you, and thank you for your thoughtful idea and response! :) 

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